BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Governor David Paterson wants to cut spending by five billiondollars to attack projected state deficits over the next twoyears.
Paterson said, "It is pain that is indescribable."
The pain of the Governor's proposed cuts would deepen the woundsto the state's health care systems and schools, which constituteover half of the state's budget.
"We have cut education by only 4 1/2%, rather than the 10% we'reimposing on other agencies and we will not engage in any healthcare cuts that will affect anyone who is currently on Medicaid,"explained Paterson.
Students at Buffalo State College, already hit by a tuition hikelast year, say the Governor's proposed $90 million dollar mid yearcut to SUNY fills them with uncertainty.
Buffalo State Student, Justina Potenzo said, "We'll, we don'tknow if the school is going to implement a tuition hike. That'ssomething they could do. Otherwise, they could cut courses and theycould, ya know, make larger classes."
The Buffalo School District also wants answers.
It built up a rainy day fund but hopes it doesn't have to dipinto it.
Rich Newberg asked, "They have a $34 million dollar rainy dayfund. Do you think they will have to dip into that?"
"I think if there is a reserve fund and it helps them to getthrough this period, that will be certainly enough to cover thedeficit that they would have now," replied Paterson.
Governor Paterson expects to come under harsh criticism but sayshe's prepared.
"I expect that and I am sensitive to that. Let's just remember,New York was ground zero of this deficit that's being felt all overthe country," Paterson exclaimed.
The Buffalo School District has already used $5 1/2 milliondollars of its reserve fund to cover a deficit this year.
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